Sunday, January 3, 2016

Raichu -- BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Review

Raichu BREAKthrough Pokemon Card
Pokemon Card Overview:
Today's Pokemon Card Review is of Raichu from the BREAKthrough Pokemon Card Set.  Raichu is a stage 1, lightning type Pokemon card, with an hp of 90. It has a x2 weakness to fighting type Pokemon, a -20 resistance to metal type Pokemon, and a free retreat cost.  Raichu does not have an Ability but it does have two moves.  The first move that this card has is called Thunderclap Shot, for two energy cards, one each of lightning and colorless, this move does 50 damage to each of your opponent's EX Pokemon.  Raichu's second move is called Electrosmash and for three energy cards, two colorless and one lightning, this move does 70 damage plus 20 more damage if you get a heads when flipping a coin.

Pokemon Card Strategy:
So as far as strategy goes, since Raichu is a stage 1 Pokemon card, you'll first have to get Pikachu into play (I reviewed Pikachu from this set yesterday) and then evolve Pikachu into Raichu.  Raichu does have a BREAK card in this set and I'll be reviewing that card tomorrow.  If you read yesterday's review of Pikachu, you'll know that I thought that card was an average Basic Pokemon card, it had a solid HP, low retreat cost, and two moves.  So knowing this about Pikachu and looking at this Raichu card, the main reason you'd want to use Raichu in a deck would be for its Thunderclap Shot move, this move will not only effect all of your opponent's EX Pokemon at once, but it may prevent them from putting their EX Pokemon into play at all.  So ideally, you would have a 1-1 line of this family in your deck, set Raichu up on the bench and if your opponent has multiple EX in play, or EX on the bench, move Raichu into the active Pokemon spot and use Thunderclap Shot then retreat it for free.  Even if your opponent doesn't have any EX cards, Electrosmash does do above average damage so it is a fine move to use against the active Pokemon.

Pokemon Card Rating:
I would give this card a 5 out of 5 rating.  In my opinion this is a very good Stage 1 Pokemon card from the BREAKthrough set.  There is absolutely nothing that I dislike about this card.  This card can be dominant against EX cards as well as regular Pokemon plus you can move this card in and out of the active Pokemon spot at will because it has a free retreat cost.  So if you're building a lightning type deck, the line of Pikachu and Raichu is one you should consider, I would give these two cards a 4 out of 5 rating combined.

Tomorrow's Pokemon Card:
So thanks for reading today's Pokemon card review of Raichu from the BREAKthrough set, stay tuned for tomorrow's card review of Raichu BREAK, which is from this same set.  Make sure to check below for the Free Pokemon TCG Online Codes!

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Today's Quiz for a Pokemon TCG Online Code Card --
How many times has Raichu been an ultra rare in English sets?
Please respond by including your YouTube username and link to your YouTube channel.  If the question is quite tough, the first correct comment will win, otherwise I'll use a random number generator to choose a winner.


Kai Tung Ng said...

Raichu has been an Ultra Rare six times in English expansions.

Kai Tung Ng

ItsZip said...
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Jilldawg said...

Raichu has been an Ultra Rare 5 times. (HG and SS Undaunted, Ex Emerald, Ex Sandstorm, D and P Stormfront, BREAKthrough


Saitama Sama said...
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Saitama Sama said...

5 times

Saitama Sama

Aswin said...

5 times

erik arias said...
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erik arias said...

5 times

Vilmos Zoltan Kiss said...

5 times.

Chasista said...

Five times


ItsZip said...

Six times. (Neo Destiny, Undaunted, EX Sandstorm, EX Emerald, Stormfront and BREAKthrough)

Its Zip